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We Are Bought With A Price, AIDS - Fruit Of Aberrant Sex, Reprobate Minds And Strong Delusion, Leanness To The Soul, Gay And Lesbian Churches, Homosexuals And Solomon's Temple, Speak The Truth In Love And Firmness, The Dividing Sword Of Truth, Hated By All Men, Delivering Our Souls, No Fellowship With Darkness, Fiery Judgment Of Wicked, Spotless And Blameless
I concluded part three of this series by explaining how we are supposed to use our bodies to glorify the Lord once we come to accept Jesus Christ in our lives. This is not only because we become new creatures in Christ Jesus, but it is also because we literally become His possessions. As the Lord and the Apostle Paul both said, we are bought with a price, or ransom money, and that price is the Blood of Jesus Christ Himself. The following verses make this very clear:
"For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
1 Corinthians 6:20, KJV
"Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men."
1 Corinthians 7:23, KJV
"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Mark 10:45, KJV
"Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
1 Timothy 2:6, KJV
Totally contrary to this Christian concept, as we saw in part two of this series, the ungodly Romans were living in complete hedonism; doing anything and everything to please the lusts of their flesh. Allow me to share those verses with you again from Paul's Epistle to the Romans:
"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;"
Romans 1:24-28, KJV
As the Apostle Paul tells us, it is because of these vile, or disgraceful, sexual affections, derived from the Greek word "atimia", that they are now "receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet". I believe that what Paul is saying here, is that because of the filthy sexual acts in which they engage, these misguided people are suffering from all kinds of bodily afflictions. In the world today, this is primarily the deadly AIDS virus, for which there is still no cure.
Notice that Paul also states that those who abuse their bodies in this way, have "changed the truth of God into a lie". Another possible translation of this phrase is that they "exchanged the truth of God for a lie". The reason I say this is because the word translated here as "changed", is derived from the Greek word "metallasso", pronounced met-al-las'-so, which means both exchange and change. The word "into" is derived from the Greek word "en" which means in, by, with, etc. So exactly why do they do this? It is because, as Paul writes, God has given them "over to a reprobate mind". The word "reprobate" is derived from the Greek word "adokimos", pronounced ad-ok'-ee-mos, which is often used when referring to the quality of metal coinage. It means not standing the test, not approved or rejected. In other words, the main idea is coins which are rejected because of their impurity. A very good example of this can be found in the Old Testament where the Lord is speaking to the Prophet Jeremiah regarding the fallen spiritual state of His people Israel. The Lord says:
"I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way. They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters. The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away. Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath rejected them."
Jeremiah 6:27-30, KJV
So then, because the Scriptures expose the sinful nature of these un natural lifestyles, in their minds, such people reject the Truth of God's Word; therefore, He gives them over to impure minds. He allows them to live in utter delusion because of their denial of the Truth. This is what they want, so this is what He will let them have. In fact, as I point out in quite a few other articles, when people reject the Truth, God will even choose their delusion for them:
"I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not."
Isaiah 66:4, KJV
This entire issue of pushing our way with God, rejection, delusion, and suffering the consequences because of our mistakes, is directly related to a story found in the Old Testament. As the Apostle Paul pointed out in his Epistle to the Corinthians, we can learn some important lessons from the children of Israel who murmured in the wilderness:
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."
1 Corinthians 10:11, KJV
From the moment the children of Israel left Egypt, they began to complain about everything. "Why did we ever leave Egypt? We had it so easy there! I'm hungry! I'm thirsty! It's so hot! I hate all of this sand blowing in my face! I hate these snakes! Why did we come out here just to die? Moses, why doesn't your God do something to help us? What's wrong with Him, Moses?"; and on and on they went with their complaints. Well, God will sometimes give you what you want, even if He knows it isn't really good for you; but He will send leanness to your soul in order to teach you a valuable lesson. In other words, He will make you sorry that you ever asked for it. Such was the case with the children of Israel. The Lord sent them so much quail and manna, that they grew absolutely sick and tired of eating it; but apparently, that is all they had to eat for those forty years while they wandered in the deserts of the Sinai Peninsula:
"And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
Exodus 16:2-3, KJV
"And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD."
Exodus 16:8, KJV
"I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God. And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host."
Exodus 16:12-13, KJV
"And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?"
Exodus 17:3, KJV
"And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul."
Psalms 106:15, KJV
So then; while the Lord has allowed these people who have rejected the Truth of His Word to live their delusional lives of sin, as with the ancient Israelites, He has indeed sent leanness to their souls as well, by allowing many thousands of them to die from complications which have resulted from the AIDS virus. In only about eleven years, the AIDS virus has become a worldwide epidemic; and the United States Of America has not remained immune to it.
Exactly how far has the delusion and the deception of these reprobate minds gone? As many of you already know, these subtle deceivers have now convinced themselves, and others, that it is okay with God if one believes in Jesus Christ, and still remains a homosexual or a lesbian! As noted in part two of this series, these crafty people have advanced their agenda to such a degree over the past two decades, that among other things, they now have taken over entire apartment complexes; they control the politics of many towns and cities across America; they are sponsoring and having special laws passed to protect and ensure their rights; and they have convinced some of the so-called Christian clergy and laity to foolishly support their cause.
Aside from Representative Barney Frank, consider that where I live, one homosexual has sat on the bench as a Superior Court judge for a number of years. This man has been very open about his sexual preferences. If you find that amazing, consider that he has presided over Family Court! What kind of an example can such a person be to any family when they don't even engage in a normal, healthy heterosexual relationship which results in children? The Bible tells us that children are a blessing and a heritage of the Lord:
"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward."
Psalms 127:3, KJV
If all of this wasn't bad enough, for quite a few years now, these people have even been establishing their own so-called Christian churches, which of course are specifically geared towards homosexuals and lesbians! This is the level of spiritual deterioration in the United States Of America! These homosexual and lesbian churches who insist that God loves them just as they are, living in carnal sin, are an affront to the Lord! They are totally deceived by the lies of Satan, and by their own proud and rebellious hearts. While they claim to be bona fide Christians, they have not demonstrated any life changes which have turned them away from their sins, which are specifically spelled out for them in God's Word! Sadly, we were all warned almost two thousand years ago, that such destructive beliefs and anti-God false doctrines, would find their way into the Endtime Church. Again, looking to the writings of the Apostles Peter and Paul, we find the following words of warning:
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"
1 Timothy 4:1, KJV
"That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"
Ephesians 4:14-15, KJV
"Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein."
Hebrews 13:9, KJV
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of."
2 Peter 2:1-2, KJV
As a final shock for you, did you know that this is not the first time that this demonic doctrine of "One can be a homosexual or a lesbian and still follow God" has invaded the world? Almost three thousand years ago, we find an example of the very same thing happening in ancient Israel! Did you know that one of the reasons that the Lord took the kingdom away from King Solomon's son, Rehoboam, is because the land was not only full of strange women who worshipped false gods, but it was also full of homosexuals as well? The very same things that caused the downfall of ancient Israel, are the very things that the Zionist Jews are now using to bring about the downfall of Christian America! They know why God judged them back then; they have the records; and that is why they are now encouraging and promoting the very same things in order to bring down the wrath of God upon America!
The first Book of the Kings clearly tells us that after King Solomon backslid from the Lord in his old age, and his son Rehoboam ascended to the throne, the land of Israel was full of homosexuals; just like backslidden America today! When Solomon backslid from the Lord, everyone backslid with him; both men and women!:
"And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel."
1 Kings 14:24, KJV
There it is as plain as day for all to see. The Jews know exactly why the Lord had their distant ancestors kick the heathen out of the land. He didn't want the Israelite males to take heathen wives, because He knew that it would pervert their seed, as well as their faith. As I point out more fully in such articles as "The Fruits Of Disobedience", the stubborn Jews eventually rebelled against the Lord and embraced many of the heathen, pagan, false gods; the worship of which was highly sexual in nature in many cases. Not only that, they sacrificed their very own children to the false blood-thirsty gods of the heathen:
"They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them: But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions."
Psalms 106:34-39, KJV
Despite this clear warning in God's Word, America today has become a multicultural society literally full of all kinds of pagan and demonic practices; including such sexual deviations as homosexuality and lesbianism. The seed of Christian America has been thoroughly polluted, just as the seed of ancient Israel was polluted; and today it is done under the guise of multiculturalism, respecting the rights and beliefs of others, globalism, etc. It is Satan's attempt to destroy the seed and the faith of the Saints through the old tactic of divide and conquer!
As we discover in the very next chapter of the first Book of the Kings, it wasn't until the reign of King Asa, who was the great, great grandson of King David, that the sodomites, or homosexuals, were finally driven out of the land of Judah. What Asa started, was completed by his son, righteous King Jehoshaphat:
"And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made."
1 Kings 15:11-12, KJV
"And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land."
1 Kings 22:46, KJV
As the Scriptures clearly bear out, it was getting rid of the homosexuals which brought down the blessings of the Lord. Sadly, a few generations passed; and during that time, the homosexuals apparently snuck right back into Judah. In fact, as you will see by the following verse, they were blatantly living right in the middle of Jerusalem! Righteous King Josiah became so disgusted with them, that he kicked them out once again:
"And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove."
2 Kings 23:7, KJV
Can you believe that? Do you see where the houses of those homosexuals were located? As hard as it is to believe, they were so defiant of the God of Israel, that they were actually living right next to Solomon's Temple; right next to the very House of God itself; the most sacred place in all of the land of Israel! But do you know what? The sins of America today are even worse; because these people don't just live next to the house of God; they blatantly defy the Lord by opening up their very own gay and lesbian churches, where they preach that you can believe in God and Jesus, and still hold to your sinful lifestyle, in total contradiction to God's Holy Word! What an absolute abomination to the Lord!
Sadly, unlike these wise kings who tried to return their people to the fear of the Lord, instead of driving them out, stupid American politicians and misguided, deceived clergy pass laws and make decisions which only make the gays and the lesbians want to stay! These foolish, anti-God political and so-called spiritual leaders encourage, sanction and help to further stimulate these unhealthy lifestyles. They are making everything as comfortable and as easy as possible for the gay and the lesbian community! Exactly why do they do this? Aside from the fact that some of them are of these same sexual persuasions, it is because the gay and lesbian community is becoming a very powerful voter bloc; and in this day and age of big money and politics, that is more important than obeying God's Word and maintaining a high Christian standard!
All of those past kings of Judah who truly feared the Lord, knew that God does not like homosexuals; so what is wrong with President Bill Clinton and the pro-homo politicians which form a part of his corrupt government? What is wrong with these United Methodist clergy, and any other clergy who might support these things? Whose agenda are they following? It certainly isn't the one of the God in whom I believe! They certainly are not receiving their instructions from the same Holy Book which I read every day!
In conclusion, while these people are dead in sin, just as we all are before we repent and come to Christ, if we truly have God's love burning in our hearts, we will try to help them if we can, and if they want us to. There must be a willingness on both sides. Of course, even though some of them may not be able to understand it, the very best way that we can show the Lord's love to the gay and lesbian community, is not by agreeing with the lifestyle they have chosen; it is not by passing laws which will encourage them to continue in their deviant sexual practices; it is not by blessing their relationships in our churches; but rather it is by telling them the Truth; no matter how hard it may be for them to hear it, or for us to speak it. As James wrote in his Epistle:
"Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."
James 5:19-20, KJV
Of course, if we feel called to try to reach the gay and lesbian community, we must make sure that we do it in the right spirit; that is, with the right attitude. If we try to do it with a self-righteous condescending attitude, this will not work. We will only drive them further from us. On the other hand, if we keep in mind that we are all sinners saved only by the grace of God, we will do much better. We all have our personal sins and weaknesses. For some people, such as the gay and lesbian community, it is sins of the flesh; for others it is less visible sins such as pride and self-righteous; but we are all sinners; and that should keep us humble if we are being honest with ourselves:
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
1 John 1:8-10, KJV
While we must be loving in our approach, and let them know that God also loves them, and that He doesn't wish that any should perish, at the same time, we must be firm with them, and make sure that they realize that the Lord does not approve of their lifestyle. We must make sure that they understand that if they choose to reject the Lord's counsel according to His Word, that He will hold them accountable for their actions; and that they will have a serious price to pay if they continue in their state of rebellion. Consider the following verses:
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9, KJV
"What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?"
1 Corinthians 4:21, KJV
"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."
Romans 14:12, KJV
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
2 Corinthians 5:10, KJV
"Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead."
1 Peter 4:5, KJV
So again, despite the fact that we may be viewed as being self-righteous, or perhaps close-minded, or maybe even as old-fashioned religionists who are out of step with the times by some of those whom we are trying to help, we must be honest with the gay and lesbian community, and tell them that what they are doing is wrong. We must speak to them with the conviction of God's Spirit, knowing that we have God's Word as our foundation of Truth. We must tell them that they are deceived, and that they are doing things which are clearly against God's natural plan for the men and women of this Earth. As some Christians have stated, God created Adam and Eve, and not Adam and Steve.
At the same time, we must be honest with ourselves, and realize that some of the gays and lesbians, many of them in fact, do not have the slightest intentions of coming to repentance. They are so deceived, that they think that God will accept them just as they are; in total contradiction to His laws of human conduct. They see absolutely nothing wrong with their current lifestyle. As the Apostle Paul wrote concerning the Jews of old who rejected the message of Salvation, such people are spiritually blind and hardened of heart:
"Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:"
Ephesians 4:18, KJV
If we are faithful to speak the Truth and the whole counsel of the Lord, we must expect that we will make enemies, as some Christians have already discovered. As I pointed out in part one of this series, the Word of God is like a powerful dividing sword. It cuts people to the heart and shows them the error of their ways; and it also divides the sheep from the goats; even when those sheep and goats are within the same household! The Lord said so Himself. Just as Jesus and His Disciples had enemies, we also will have enemies if we speak the Truth. We will become unpopular. In fact, as the Lord prophesied, the day is coming when we will be hated by all men; and that day is fast approaching as the dark cloud of sin and rebellion against God continues to cover the Earth:
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."
Matthew 10:34, KJV
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Hebrews 4:12, KJV
"For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."
Matthew 10:35-36, KJV
"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
Galatians 4:16, KJV
"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
Mark 13:13, KJV
"Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me."
John 15:20-21, KJV
If you are interested in a more in-depth look at Christian persecution in the Endtime, I encourage you to read the article "Civil Disobedience and Christian Persecution". The point is, whether they will hear, or whether they will forebear, by telling them the Truth, we will have delivered our souls to them. This is precisely what the Lord told the Prophet Ezekiel who He raised up to witness to his Jewish brethren during the Babylonian captivity. The Lord said to Ezekiel:
"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul."
Ezekiel 3:17-19, KJV
So exactly what are we supposed to do when the gay and lesbian community, or anyone else for that matter, chooses to reject our message? As I point in out in the series "Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and Chastisement", in such cases when our brethren reject the Truth of God's Word, all we can do is disassociate ourselves from them, and commit them into the Lord's Hands; possibly for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit might be saved. We are clearly told not to have fellowship with the works of darkness, or with those who perform them. We are to distance ourselves from those who preach a false gospel. Consider the words of our Lord, as well as those of the Apostles John and Paul:
"Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican."
Matthew 18:15-17, KJV
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"
2 Corinthians 6:14, KJV
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
Galatians 1:8-9, KJV
"If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
2 John 1:10-11, KJV
"To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."
1 Corinthians 5:5, KJV
If this is how the Lord and His followers taught us to react to our own brethren who error from the Gospel and refuse correction, how much worse will it be for those children of the world who refuse to accept the Lord, and who continue in the error of their sinful ways, such as the gay and lesbian community? As I shared earlier in this series, the Apostle Peter wrote:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
1 Peter 4:17-18, KJV
Of course, Peter's question is rhetorical in nature, for he knows full well what awaits those who do not repent of their wicked ways. As both he and the Apostle Paul state in other Epistles:
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men . . . But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"
2 Peter 3:7, 10-12, KJV
"But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, KJV
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries . . . It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God . . . For our God is a consuming fire."
Hebrews 10:26-27, 31, 12:29, KJV
Obviously, Peter and Paul are speaking of the very same event, and the very same fiery judgment of ungodly men. You will notice that they both employ the use of the phrase "as a thief in the night" which our Lord used Himself in some of His sermons. In light of these things, how does Peter tell us that we should react to such truths? In his closing remarks found in his second Epistle, he states:
"Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless."
2 Peter 3:14, KJV
This presents a very serious question for all of us, doesn't it? However, due to the specific theme of this particular article, allow me to ask you: If you are a homosexual or a lesbian, particularly one who claims to believe in God's Holy Word which clearly exposes your sin, can you honestly say that you will be found without spot and blameless in the Day of the Lord? Have you truly allowed the Lord's Blood, Spirit and Word to wash you clean of your sins of the flesh? Have you truly allowed Him to purify you so that your sins are as white as snow? Or will you be found to be, as Peter wrote, a spot in the Lord's Feast, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? Will you be cast out like the man who hadn't put on a clean wedding garment, but who instead clung to his old ways, and refused to truly become a new creature in Christ Jesus? Consider these very sobering verses:
"And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) . . . But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray . . . These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."
2 Peter 2:6-8, 12-15a, 17-19, KJV
These are very sober words indeed from the Apostle Peter. In conclusion, the choice is really up to you. Only you can decide to truly submit to God's Spirit in your life. He can help you. He is willing to help you; for as Paul also wrote:
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
1 Corinthians 10:13, KJV
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
Philippians 4:13, KJV
I truly pray that you will make the right choice. I pray that this series has been a blessing and a help to many, despite its very sober nature, or perhaps because of it.
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For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this article, or which are related to this article, and which are likewise located on this very same Bill's Bible Basics website:
When Sin is No Longer a Sin!
Queen James Bible: Blasphemous Abomination Exposed!
Biblical Marriage Ceremonies
"Homosexuality Lesbianism Bestiality Transvestitism" KJV Bible Verse List
The Overhauling of Straight America
The Gay Gene?